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El Torero Organic IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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El Torero Organic IPAEl Torero Organic IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A Northwest IPA made from all organic grain. It is bursting with hops from the big floral aroma to the deep, lingering bitterness. Balancing out the hops is a malt bill with generous amount of crystal, Munich, and wheat malts, plus an alcohol content just over 7%. This is an organic beer with big flavors that combine in a complex, satisfying brew."
7.1% ABV 88 IBU

(Beer added by: freed on 06-29-2006)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A head that is not afraid to stick around; stunning brassy clarity. Bitter orange peel comes to mind when the hops hit the nose; slight twang of yeast in the back. Smoothness has depth within the creamy medium body. A whole lot of hop flavor here and the bitterness is without a doubt aggressive, though the flavor almost reaches the point of being soapy. Maltiness rings hard enough on the palate to not make this happen, and toasted bread and caramel stay long enough for a hit of alcohol and exotic fruit to round out the bittersweet finish. The hops are running down a completely different path here, and it works very well.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, sexy dark matador imagery on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some drooping floating island lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, heady orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus, a bit of spicy black pepper, and more leafy, herbal, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is gritty pale and biscuity caramel malt, a strong mineral astringency, muddled citrus and wet pine hop notes, and a sort of herbal booziness rising up as things slowly warm.

The carbonation is pretty tight to the chest, not even allowing for any kind of frothy frivolity, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too edgy to be considered even plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity crystal malt still having a disproportionate level of say, amongst a creepily metallic lingering citrus and pine essence.

A pretty underwhelming IPA, to say the least - I don't know if it's the organic thing or what, as I've had a few bangin' examples of the ilk - but I'm getting much more of a somewhat watered-down ESB experience here. At any rate, for a PDX brewery, this is on the low side of the style, in terms of fullness of flavour, and overall rounded character, not to mention the wan appearance - c'mon, even hipsters can dress it up once in a while.

biboergosum, May 06, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with the ever so slight haze. Just over one finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Copious amounts of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Quite a bit of malt influence in this IPA. Biscuit like malt dominates with grassy, earthy hops lingering in the background.

A lot of malt flavor as well. Biscuits or toasted bread lays the foundation earthy and grassy hops. A lot of bitterness compared to the amount of hop flavor.

Carbonation is low but it fits nicely with the flavor profile. Nice soft, smooth texture.

An enjoyable IPA with a different hop profile from most IPAs that come from the PNW.

morimech, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just back from their Brewhouse.. which I had never been there before.. why did it take me so long I wonder? They also do growler fills.

- A nice rich orange/amber cloudy almost "hefe" like appearance.. about a 3/4" thick head that was an eggshell color... lacing all over the glass (shorted pint... eeeek..)

- Smell the malts and wheat as well as some citrus and floral hop notes.. the roasted caramel scent really stands out though.

- Wonderfully balanced IPA for sure... one of the better IPA's out there in my opinion... some wheat malt, roasted caramel.. very complex... and a nice hop backbone as well... floral, and a light citrus flare with a mildly bitter finish. What's so great about it? It's unique and very well balanced.

- Not very dry at all, and only slightly chewy.. but leaves a great malt aftertaste.. which is demanding more pulls from the glass.

- Creamy and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.. and has no strength of alcohol at all... but does pack what it states. An overall very good IPA and was better than I expected.

Docer, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Yikes this is old..

A real nice creamy light tan head is made three fingers, which settles with a big whipped up top, hanging on like sheets of cream. Body is an opaque somewhat brown amber with hints of orange. Quite a nice looking beer.

Lots of biscuity malts on this, and faint tea like hops. I get the impression this has totally faded. Other that that some milky like sweetness but not much else to say.

Luckily the palate still delivers nicely but without a big blast. Controlling good mix of sweetness and toasty malts. Doughy biscuity sweetness, and a nice small mix of earthy pine on the finish, and light herbal tea. Good doughy mix with a hint of oily finish. Bit of honey sweetness on the lips too.

Surprisingly good mix to drink, but with a fairly closed nose. Would like to try one that is fresher though.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Hopmodium, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, this pours an amazing creamy golden copper colour. On the nose there are big fruit aromas of pineapple and apricot with a hint of pine. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich in texture but there is a bold hop finish that balances
the beer beautifully. A favourite Portland India Pale Ale.

CookstLiquor, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ChipMurray, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of nqdell
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a bottle to glass. Little to no head. Thick copper color.

S- A lotta good stuf going on here, leather, soil, slight citrus hops.

t- Tangy for a IPA, more malt than typical IPA, a little sweet for my palate but finishes dry bitter.

m- Thin and slimy

Overall a very decent beer, not what I look for in my IPA, too sweet and malty, you could change the label on this thing and I wouldn't be as critical.

nqdell, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of theblueale
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty, spicy and earthy. Smells big.

Appearance: Thick amber-orange with a small, foamy head that never leaves the beer uncovered. Lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Flavor: Big and balanced. Full toasty malt sweetness meets some smooth, deep-earth hops. A berry sweetness and strong, lasting bitterness finish it out. Clear and crisp throughout.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying and hearty hop edges give this beer a full mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: Excellent for those who like their IPA's big and crisp. At 7.1 % ABV, it's definitely not a session beer, but it is the perfect beer to slap you out of the overcast doldrums. Highly recommended.

theblueale, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of yossarian14
3/5  rDev -19.4%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber..no mention or 'orgainic" on the label. In appearance this is already an odd IPA, darker amber with a small bubbly,frothy tan head. Strong citrus like hop aromas, but also stong breadyness from the malts. very balanced flavours the citric hopping and very strong semi-sweet malts shining though.. Good enough o the palate..nice lingering finish. Overall a strange one. Almost an American Strong Ale rather than an IPA in my opinion.

Reidrover, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of SMITHAND
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SMITHAND, May 18, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21%

RBorsato, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Michaelcrosier
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Michaelcrosier, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bumchilly25, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

A half finger of cream-colored head tops a hazy orange body. This quickly reduces to a skim of foam, but does it's best to leave a bit of lacing here and there. Pleasant citrusy aromas are present, but also a slightly distracting background aroma vaguelly akin to canned fruit cocktail. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Tastes OK, but again nothing to really distinguish itself. Sweet caramel and some juicy fruit salad up front, but the bitterness doesn't really appear until things dry out toward the swallow. A pine character that was previously hidden supplies a lingering sting.

Nothing at all wrong with this brew, but forgettable in a town with so many great IPAs. (Do consider stopping by for a pint of their excellent Black Bear XX Stout, though)

PDXHops, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of YieldToNothing
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

YieldToNothing, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper-bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a hint of lace.

S: Apricot, nectarine, tangerine & a bit of weed with some sweet toffee.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit rind, mango, good bitterness, but a little too much crystal malt. Showing some signs of oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation with some hop acidity.

O: It's just not bursting with fresh hop flavour and I find the combination with the malts a bit odd.

Derek, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my second beer at the Saranac in Spokane. El Torero was served in a standard shaker.

The beer is a chill hazed bronze with a skim of off-white sticky lacing.

The aroma is if fresh citrus but it is a bit subdued. There is also some biscuit notes.

Taste leads with mild citrus, ritz crackers, a bit of something mineral-metallic. No off or odd or old tastes, just a very mellow IPA.

This is an example of me expecting a more in-your-face west coast style but instead was presented with a milder version. Nothing wrong here at all.

The mouth is medium and a bit oily.

Redrover, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber orange. Lacing follows the beer all the way down.

S - Earth, spice, malts, very big aroma.

T - Big taste as well. A nice bitterness comes with the hops. A foll flavored toasty malt helps balance.

M - Very full body, Crisp, refreshing.

D - Big beer that is very drinkable.

DNICE555, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +7.5%

johnnyboy76, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kopfschuss, Jan 09, 2012
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El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.